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profdant139

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Posted: 01/12/21 09:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This might be of some interest -- lots of photos, too:

Tioga area blog post


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Posted: 01/16/21 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will avoid the Tioga Pass in early June. On June 5, 2009 we left the Lower Pines, heading for Reno with 2 wheel drive, towing a 38' Montana fiver. Slight mist in the campground turned into a blizzard before we reached the turn off, heading to the pass.

We pulled off into a rest area on the left but there was no room to turn around with my rig. Looking at the GPS I had just under 3 miles to the turn off to Lee Vining, where I could turn around, so decided to go for it, staying in the wheel tracks. Tour busses were at the intersection chaining up. Made it up, turned around, but have had nightmares about this decision ever since. I had my little generator, plenty of gasoline and water. Should have stayed in the pull-off illegally until things got better. The rangers couldn't make me move because I couldn't turn around.

All this to save 100 miles through Sacramento. Being from Alabama, this was only time in 45 years I have ever encountered snow while towing. JUNE 5 ??? who would have guessed?

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Thank you all. We'll take a look at some of the sites in Lee Vining and west of the park. Maybe we'll just backpack an overnighter in the high country and keep our rig unoccupied for a night.

We don't really want to stay in the valley, but are any of the Pines able to accommodate us?

How about for hiking around Whitney Portal, Onion Valley/Kearsage Pass?

And what about the west side, suggestions for visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon?

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Yes, there are sites in the valley that will take a large trailer.I believe that Lower Pines or Upper Pines have sites, although not many. Booking a site is very challenging and you need to be online, signed in and ready to book as soon as they open the reservation window. I use a couple of different devices all logged in at the same time in case I have a problem. There are some private parks outside of Yosemite. You would then have to go in for day use. They are currently requiring reservations for day use in order to limit the number of people due to COVID. That could change in July. Check the website.

For Sequoia, we have stayed at a private park called Sequoia RV Ranch. It’s in Three Rivers. There is another private park in the same area but I can’t recall the name. Book now as they fill up quickly.I recommend checking the National Park website for restrictions at Sequoia as well. Good luck!

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/nrrs.htm
Here’s another link that is helpful
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campingfaq.htm


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We might be heading back that way this year. Will give Yosemite a pass this time but maybe more time in Sequoia.


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rvshrinker, if you want to hike Whitney Portal and need hookups, Boulder RV in Lone Pine is the way to go. If you can do without hookups, Tuttle Creek Campground is fine. But be aware that the Owens Valley can get very hot in June.

It is a little harder to find hookups near the Kearsarge trailhead -- maybe look into Keough Hot Springs? All of the forest service campgrounds in that area (like Taboose, I think) can accommodate bigger rigs. Take a look at forestcamping.com -- very helpful info about forest service campgrounds.

It sounds like you are serious hikers, since you mentioned backpacking. There is great backpacking and day hiking in Sequoia, and the forest service campgrounds are at high altitude (and are thus cooler) than in Yosemite Valley.

Check out Azalea Campground at Kings Canyon -- room for bigger rigs, cool and shady.

If you want hookups, I'd recommend Sequoia RV in Three Rivers. If you don't need hookups, look into Potwisha Campground. From either of those places, take your tow vehicle and "commute" to the Giant Forest/Lodgepole area.

Bear in mind that depending on the year, there might still be snow above 9000 feet in June, which would affect some of the trails in Sequoia National Park. We just hike right through the snow, but not everyone enjoys that.

Let us know if you'd like tips on hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon -- there are dozens of trails!

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